10th Production of CounterBalance

Experience integrated dance, which features dancers of all abilities, in this virtual celebration. Brought by Access Living, Momenta of Oak Park, Bodies of Work and Studiothread. Pay what you can from $0-$35. Sessions are accessible. More/register: momentadances.org/counterbalance-x


Inclusive Dance Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., Google Meet with Access Living

View the Inclusive Dance Workshop’s summer video project and learn what went into it. Then join together in movement exercises used to devise the work. 


Disability, Dance and Chicago 

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Virtual Panel Discussion

Hear from some of the founding artists, advocates and allies of Chicagoland’s integrated dance community including Stephanie Clemens, Ginger Lane, Kris Lenzo, Alice Sheppard and Alana Wallace. 


 “Reflections” and Sensational Shorts

Friday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 10, 1 p.m.

Discover the power of integrated dance through a compilation from past CounterBalance performances. On Saturday, view videos and short films featuring dancers with disabilities.


Everybody Can Dance Workshop
and Closing Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Workshops use structured improvisation and dance games to explore everyone’s potential. Later, join past and present performers, supporters and audience members for a toast, Q&A, 10th Anniversary Tribute and dance jam.


10th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, Oct. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m.,
Virtually with Zen Life & Meditation Center

This event benefits the Center’s vision of cultivating openness, generosity and wisdom within individuals and communities. The evening’s laughs will be provided by Mr. YouWho, dance by performing artist Lauren Hermann of the Chicago Repertory Ballet and modern hulu by Halau i Ka Pono. Participants will receive gift bags to enjoy at home that include Prosecco, fine chocolates and more. $100. Tickets: zlmc.org



Apply to Vote by Mail in Presidential Election

Deadlines through the month of October, Election Nov. 3

Any registered voter in suburban Cook County may request a mail ballot online through Oct. 29. Be ready with your driver’s license/state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, as well as an email and your mailing address. Applications may also be printed and mailed. If you have moved or need to register to vote, you can do so online through Oct. 18, in-person at a “grace period” location through Nov. 2, or in-person on Election Day at your polling place. Two forms of ID, including one with current address, are needed. More/apply: cookcountyclerk.com/agency/elections



In Person Tours at
Hemingway Birthplace Home

Saturdays, top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Learn about the home, the author’s family, his early years and more. Printed translations are available for most foreign languages. $15; $13, seniors/students with valid ID; free, children under 10. 339 N. Oak Park Ave. Or for those in quarantine or living long-distance, Live Virtual Tours of Hemingway’s Birthplace are Wednesdays through Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m., on Google Meet. Join a knowledgeable docent on a live tour at Ernest Hemingway’s Birthplace Home in Oak Park while interacting with visitor questions along the way. Up to 15 may join each live tour. $15; $5 each additional viewer. Tickets/more: hemingwaybirthplace.com



Opening receptions for Nathan Mason and Anon Anym: Detritus

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 to 6 p.m., Compound Yellow

According to artist Mason, “In this suite of ceramic objects, the source objects are found kitsch-figurines, layered with clay and glaze. If the figurine has damage it is incorporated as an element to grow from.” Detritus is a series of 27 porcelain sculptures, presented as a collection of recently discovered calcified specimens, 244 Lake St., Oak Park. 



Author Claire Lombardo Returns to Oak Park

Saturday Oct. 10, 2 p.m.,
 and Sunday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m.,
Zoom with the Oak Park Public Library

Join Oak Park native and author of The Most Fun We Ever Had, an instant New York Times bestseller, as she joins her hometown virtually for the Barbara Ballinger Lecture on Sunday and a Writers Workshop on Saturday. Register: oppl.org/calendar. 



Agents of Change Festival  

Saturday, Oct. 10, Noon to 5 p.m., Scoville Park

Visit a socially-distanced volunteer fair to connect with nonprofit organizations and local community groups that are spearheading initiatives for Black and Brown neighbors. featuring leaders in non-violence, wellness and resource programs. Held in partnership with Walk the Walk and YourPassion1st. Food pop-up as well as pumpkins and coupon goodie bags for all participants. Additional vendors and donations welcome. Email: chris@yourpassion1st.com More: facebook.com/events/2029935817141738. Lake St. and Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. 


Kuumba Kids Dance

Registration open through Oct. 16

Kuumba Kids Dance offers sessions in African, Caribbean and Hip-Hop dance for youth. Classes begin Oct. 19 and run through Feb. 26. More: kuumbakidsdance.org, 312-779-5273.

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